2018 Columbus Women’s March
“The fault, dear brothers, lies not in our stars, our hormones, our menstrual cycles, or our empty internal spaces, but in our institutions and our education”
(Linda Nochlin, Why Have There Been No Great Women Artists?, 1971).
In the afternoon of January 20th, about 3,000 men and women in Columbus participated in the second – conceivably annual – Women’s March. Although marching in the street was not permitted, marchers overwhelmed the mile of Downtown sidewalks between the Greater Columbus Convention Center and the Statehouse.
The Women’s March refuses to act solely as a demonstration for women’s rights or even dually as a protest of the president, but functions also as communion for those actively seeking change within the political, social, cultural, and legal systems of the U.S. "Show me democracy. This is democracy" and “We want a leader not a creepy tweeter" were chanted by women and men sporting the signature “PussyHats”. Although aversion to the president remained as a major theme of the event, this year’s march also seemed to be swelling with an increasingly resilient and coalescent sensation of social advocacy. Protesters proudly carried the American flag amongst dedicated swarms of signage.
I came alone, but I certainly did not march alone.
I left with two rolls of film and a lingering, insistent buzz.